Kenya drops, Algeria soars in latest FIFA rankings


Kenya drops, Algeria soars in latest FIFA rankings
Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group C - Kenya v Senegal - 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - July 1, 2019 Senegal's Sadio Mane, Kenya's Johanna Omolo and Kenya's John Avire after the match REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

In Summary

  • The national football team Harambee Stars has slid two places down to rank at position 107 in the latest FIFA Rankings as published by the World governing body on Thursday
  • The marginal drop follows the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals in Egypt where Kenya exited in the group stage after losses to finalists Senegal and eventual winners Algeria

The national football team Harambee Stars has slid two places down to rank at position 107 in the latest FIFA Rankings as published by the World governing body on Thursday.

The marginal drop follows the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Finals in Egypt where Kenya exited in the group stage after losses to finalists Senegal and eventual winners Algeria.

Stars won 3-2 against Tanzania, who are ranked at 137 and whom they face again on Saturday, falling just short of securing a place in the AFCON last 16 as one of the best four losers.

African champions Algeria (40th, up 28) are the biggest mover in the July edition by ranks and points (up 117), while fellow finalist Senegal (20th, up 2) did not make a huge leap but reached their best-ever Ranking position.

Semi-finalists Nigeria (33rd, up 12), are joined by surprise quarter-finalists Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd, up 6) in seeing their continental performances rewarded with a Ranking rise.

New South American champions Brazil (2nd, up 1) leapfrogged France (3rd, down 1) in second place and trail leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points.

Other sides in Copa America action improved their Ranking positions substantially, namely quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5), and Venezuela (26th, up 7) – who reach their best-ever Ranking position after their run to the last eight.

Bronze-medallists Argentina (10th, up 1) complete a quartet of South American teams in the top ten.

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